updated 05/09/2014 AT 3:20 PM ET
•originally published 05/09/2014 AT 7:20 PM ET
Speaking as he follows in a royal family tradition of heading up the British sub-aqua enthusiasts’ association, William, 31, said he hopes his son will one day take up his love of the water.
William represents the third generation of his family, behind his father Prince Charles and grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh, to become president of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC). Marking his new role by writing a foreword for SCUBA, the organization s magazine, he says he shares the “passion for the sport and the underwater world.
“I hope that one day my son, George, will also experience the wonders that snorkeling and scuba diving have to offer,” says the prince.
William has been diving around the world – he’s visited Rodrigues in the Indian Ocean twice (including once for a study break), and likely donned his scuba gear when he headed to the Maldives with wife Kate in March.
He says he’s keen use the new position to further his father’s work in helping preserve and protect the marine environment, wildlife and heritage.
William, who also hopes to encourage more young people to take up the sport, writes, “The underwater world truly captures the imagination and broadens horizons. I have been fortunate enough to have dived in some stunning locations around the world.”
“Scuba diving really has opened my eyes not only to many extraordinary sights, but also to the responsibilities that we have as guardians of the underwater world. Which is why, as BSAC s new President, I hope to continue my father s legacy of striving to preserve and protect our precious marine heritage and environment for future generations.”
Hailing it as a “proud moment” for the BSAC, chairman Clare Peddie said, “It comes just after BSAC s diamond jubilee and having the Duke at the helm of our organization as we move into a new era is a huge and special privilege.”